Statuette – Judith with the Head of Holofernes


Subject: Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Author: Segala Francesco, d. about 1593 (sculptor)

Date: third quarter of the 16th century A.D.


This terracotta with dark patina (as to imitate bronze) is identified as Judith with the Head of Holofernes. L. Attardi attributed this work to Francesco Segala by comparisons with other works by this artist and also according to some stilistic details, such as the rendering of the drapery, the posture and the movement of the body also related to this artist.

Materials and techniques: terracotta/ mouldmade

Dimensions: heigth 42.5 cm, lenght 16.5 cm

Provenance: Mantova Benavides Collection, Padua; Vallisneri Collection, Padua

University of Padua, Museum of Archaeological Science and Art

Cat. Number: MB8


  • Semenzato Camillo, Alcune opere della Raccolta Benavides al Liviano, in Bollettino del Museo Civico di Padova, XLV (1956), pp. 89-104 : 100, n. VII, nota 10.
  • Attardi Luisa, 119.Giuditta con testa di Oloferne, in Un Museo di Antichità nella Padova del Cinquecento. La raccolta di Marco Mantova Benavides all'Università di Padova, a cura di Irene Favaretto, Alessandra Menegazzi, Roma, Giorgio Bretschneider, 2013, p.139.